09 Dec 2014, 21:25
An interesting article in The Telegraph - 'James Randi: debunking the king of the debunkers' http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/film-news/11270453/James-Randi-debunking-the-king-of-the-debunkers.html
Extract from the article:
More recently I’ve begun to wonder about his educational foundation, the JREF, which claims tax exempt status in the US and is partly dependant on public donations. I wondered what actual educative work the organisation - which between 2011 and 2013 had an average revenue of $1.2 million per year - did. Financial documents reveal just $5,100, on average, being spent on grants.
There are some e-books, videos and lesson plans on subjects such as fairies on their website. They organise an annual fan convention. James Randi, over that period, has been paid an average annual salary of $195,000. My requests for details of the educational foundation’s educational activities, over the last 12 months, were dodged and then ignored.
and a typically pathetic comment in response to that article from what is obviously one of his sycophantic pseudoskeptic followers:"So, the author doesn't like Randi. I don't much like the author. Big deal."
So far, some 70 comments
to that article - makes for some informative revelationary reading: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/film-news/11270453/James-Randi-debunking-the-king-of-the-debunkers.html#disqus_thread
and here's quite a nice little summary from 23rd November 2014 - 'Randi in Crisis
Looks like there's more trouble at the mill for James Randi. On the first of September he suddenly announced that the Los Angeles office of his organization was closing down; all operations have been shifted to its national headquarters at Falls Church, Virginia. This change was effective immediately. The James Randi Educational Foundation was established in 1996 to administer the works of James Randi, one of the world's oldest and most prominent Skeptics. It manages applications for the One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge and holds an annual conference in the USA, as well as abroad sometimes as well, called The Amazing Meeting!. I've been to the 2010 TAM London myself, see: http://hpanwo.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/tam-london-2010.html.
Then the announcement was made very unceremoniously that the JREF was radically downsizing; its LA office was axed and all the staff there were being laid off. The notice also mentioned in an equally causal tone that its president DJ Grothe was no longer associated with the Foundation and that James Randi was coming out of retirement to be temporary acting president, just like that. It didn't say whether Grothe was being sacked or resigned of his own accord, although he was always a controversial character on the Skeptic circuit and few will mourn his dismissal, if that's what it was, see: http://web.randi.org/home/los-angeles-office-closed.
Soon afterwards, the JREF Forum was disaffiliated and it continues today under the name of the International Skeptics Forum, see: http://www.internationalskeptics.com/forums/index.php.